Michael Eric Dyson did not hold back while addressing the audience attending Aretha Franklin’s funeral on Friday, Aug. 31. The comments came in response to Donald Trump saying Franklin “worked for him.” In the speech, Dyson laid into Trump and unleashed all of the insults from his vocabulary.
“You lugubrious leach. You dopey doppelgänger of deceit and deviance,” Dyson said. “She ain’t work for you. She worked above you. She worked beyond you.”
You can see the speech below.
Dyson wasn’t the only one to address the president, either.
While speaking to the crowd, Reverand Al Sharpton also took a moment to correct Trump’s claim that Franklin worked for him.
“You know the other Sunday on my show [MSNBC’s Politics Nation], I misspelled ‘respect,’ and a lot of y’all corrected me,” Sharpton said. “Now I want y’all to help me correct President Trump to teach him what it means. And I say that because when word went out that Ms. Franklin passed, Trump said, ‘She used to work for me.’ No, she used to perform for you. She worked for us. Aretha never took orders from nobody but God.”
Franklin was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. One of the greatest voices of all-time, Franklin last performed in November 2017 for the Elton John’s AIDs Foundation concert in New York. She passed away on Aug. 16.
“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins knew no bounds,” a statement from the family read.
“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha, and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”